Bob Hummel, Ph.D.

Dr. Bob Hummel is the Chief Scientist at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

Dr. Hummel received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota in the field of Partial Differential Equations, and served as a faculty member at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences from 1980 to 1997, where he became a tenured professor of Computer Science.  His research spanned areas of computer vision and image processing, parallel computing, and uncertainty reasoning.  His sponsored research centered on topics of automatic target recognition and imagery analysis.  In 1997, he joined DARPA as a program manager in the Information Systems Office, and spent nearly nine years managing and initiating DARPA projects in information exploitation, to include development and applications of automatic target recognition, ladar sensors and ladar data processing, object recognition, and computer science research projects, as well as serving as technical coordinator and communications specialist of four successive DARPATech symposia.   He also initiated and led from the DARPA side a group that established an MOU between DARPA and NGA.  In 2005, he received the DARPA Director’s Award.   In 2006, he joined the consulting firm of Booz Allen Hamilton as a Principal, where he worked with groups serving the Intelligence Community (IARPA), and worked with the commercial arm of the firm (which became Booz and Co.).In 2009 he joined the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, where he is Vice President of Research and Chief Scientist.  His work is principally in the areas of policies and strategies for the Department of Defense including the Intelligence Community.  In 2016, he was deployed full-time to the Research Directorate of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).  At NGA, he championed the SBIR program, projects in automated analytics, to include the domain of full motion video, and mentored program managers.  In 2020, his IPA assignment at NGA concluded, and he returned to the Potomac Institute.